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Doctor insights on: Mumps Measles Rubella Vaccination

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Dr. Peter Bernstein
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Rubella (Definition)

Rubella is generally a benign communicable exanthematous disease. The major complication of rubella is its teratogenic effects when pregnant women contract the disease, especially in the early weeks of gestation. Because of the successful immunization program in the US since 1969, rubella infection and congenital rubella syndrome ...Read more


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Can you tell me what you suggest if im vaccinated for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) can I still pass the mumps onto others?

Not that likely: Even though you have received the MMR vaccination, it is still possible to be infected. It makes it less likely, but it is still possible. Immunity may wane over time and booster vaccinations are given to help the immune cells remember the response to fight the disease. ...Read more

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My system won't hold a titer for mumps or measles even after booster vaccinations, though it does for ruebella. What might cause this?

My system won't hold a titer for mumps or measles even after booster vaccinations, though it does for ruebella. What might cause this?

An immune deficiency: Checking specific antibody production (or titer) after receiving a vaccination is how immunologists assess the function of your immune system. Even though your rubella response is okay, the lack of response to the others suggests an immune defect, especially in the context of recurrent infections or other findings like low immunoglobulins. ...Read more

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Immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you've had vaccines 2x before age six?

Mostly: Although vaccines are safe and effective, there is an occasional peron whose immune system does not respond well to the recommended series. Thus they are not immune. If needed, blood tests can measure this. Still worth immunizing to maximize protection. ...Read more

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Does a lab test, testing for measles, mumps, and chickenpox, also detect rubella?

Does a lab test, testing for measles, mumps, and chickenpox, also detect rubella?

No: All of these viruses are detected by individual blood tests. A separate one is needed for each. ...Read more

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If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

MMR titer: This has to be specifically ordered. Don't know what you mean be a regular blood test. Generally a tube of blood will be drawn from a vein, the titers ordered and the results should be back fairly repidly depending upon the lab to which they are sent. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mumps (Definition)

Mumps is a viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (esp. Parotid behind the ears) swell. The paramyxovirus virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person's sneeze or cough. With nearly universal immunization in childhood, there are few cases ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more